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Georgia’s #1 KW Real Estate Team Prides Themselves on Education

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Lesley teaching at Mega CampAs I reflect on the last few days we’ve spent in Austin at Keller Williams’ Mega Agent Camp, I realize what many real estate agents in our industry are missing…. A commitment to growth, education and excellence!

Since our early days in real estate, Andy and I have taken education seriously. And, that is the #1 reason we chose to join Keller Williams Realty (the #1 Training Company in the World).

While most agents settle for mediocrity, we have constantly strived for greatness. So, we invest heavily in education, tools, and technology for ourselves as well as every member on our team.

Here are 10 things you may not know about our investment in education:

1)   The Peters Company has monthly book clubs. Everyone on our team is reading a book ALL the time. Those books may be on leadership, real estate, or building wealth. We believe in stretching ourselves to learn more, do more, and be better!

2)   We attend Keller Williams Family Reunion (annual convention) every single year. We devote a week in February to learning best practices, new technology and tools. We pay big bucks to travel across the country to learn MORE and take several team members each year so they can mastermind with other buyers agents, transaction coordinators, and marketing directors across the world.

3)   We teach across the Southeast. And, we encourage every member on our team to teach classes as well. Why? Because the quickest path to mastery in a subject is to teach to others.

4)   Our operations staff attends monthly operations masterminds with other mega agent ops teams to make sure our team is providing the latest and best service in the industry.

5)   Andy and I attend quarterly masterminds in Austin, Texas with KW founder and Chairman of the Board Gary Keller, and 100 of the top agents across the country. In these masterminds, Gary tests the latest and greatest in real estate trends on the top agents in the industry.

6)   Andy and I attend monthly masterminds with top agents in our market center, Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road.

7)   We, along with several members of our team, attend Keller Williams Mega Agent Camp in Austin in the fall of every year where we hear the brightest minds in the business on stage sharing their success stories. (Note… See that picture – that’s Andy and myself sharing our success with 11,000 other agents at MegaCamp this week)

8)   Andy and I are held highly accountable every single week by our coach Gene Rivers, Keller Williams Realty Master Faculty.

9)   Andy and I coach other agents across the country through Keller Williams Realty International MAPS Coaching. You’ve heard that iron sharpens iron correct?

10) We attend every class we can get our hands on to improve. This year alone, our team has been involved in Keller Williams seminars BOLD, Career Visioning, Win with Sellers, and Train the Presenter. We don’t miss out on an opportunity to attend the many amazing training classes that come to Atlanta!

Why is this important to our clients? We are the most well-trained and educated real estate agents in Georgia! If you can find a team that provides the level of training and leadership at this level, let us know. My gut tells me you might be looking for a while! 😉

Give us a call today and we’ll put our education, tools, technology and leadership skills to work for you! 404-419-3619

Written by Lesley Peters

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Just Listed :: Brick Ranch in Marietta’s Freywood Estates!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

2213 Clearwater Drive SE Flyer front2213 Clearwater Drive SE Flyer back

Welcome home! Nestled on a large level lot, this four-sides brick home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. Being close to I-75, I-285, and Powers Ferry Road makes  virtually all commutes a breeze. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination! Being in this popular area of East Cobb means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots as well and be only a short drive from the Marietta Square!

Features:

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, pantry, travertine floors, and a large window overlooking the spacious backyard.
  • Living room boasts a cozy wood-burning fireplace and wonderful built-in bookcases which provide plenty of extra storage.
  • Dining room is perfect for entertaining guests, hosting holiday gatherings, or casual meals at home.
  • Original hardwoods throughout.
  • Bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Light and bright bathroom with charming accents.
  • Walk-in crawlspace provides tons of dry storage.
  • Large, level backyard is ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
  • Great location convenient to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
  • Fresh interior paint.
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Just Listed :: Wonderful Ranch in Bethlehem’s Riverwalk!

Friday, August 12th, 2016

1407 Nantucket Drive Flyer Front1407 Nantucket Drive Flyer Back

Welcome home! Located on a quiet street in the popular Riverwalk subdivision, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to GA-316, US-78, and Patrick Mill Road makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also enjoy being close to shopping and restaurants!

Features:

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite countertops, pantry, island, and breakfast area.
  • Living room boasts a vaulted ceiling and cozy fireplace.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Natural light pours into the entire home.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, walk-in closet, and spa-like master bathroom with a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright. They are connected by a wonderful Jack and Jill style bathroom.
  • Two car garage easily fits your vehicles.
  • Wonderful outdoor space includes a patio leading out to the large backyard.
  • Great location convenient to highways, restaurants, and shopping.
  • New carpet and fresh paint.
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The Rising Tide Raises All Boats

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

SeashoreI just returned from another great family beach trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Normal people would call it a vacation, but it’s really more of a change of location as there’s generally a fair amount of work this time of the year. Getting away in the summertime means you better bring your cell phone if you are a real estate agent. I can’t complain. This is the life we choose, and I love it.

While hanging on the beach, the kids always create their sand castles close to the crashing ocean waves. Despite my best efforts to explain the changing tides, they continue unmercifully building their sand castle creations within harm’s way. Eventually every day the rising tide takes their giant granular masterpieces, and there is a feeling of disappointment in their eyes as their hard work is swept out to sea.

It reminded me of this real estate market. Things are good, right? I mean, your house is probably worth more than you paid for it by now.  If it’s not, it’ll soon be. Rates are at a three year low, and your buddy’s house in the neighborhood just went into a mega multiple offer scenario and yielded an ungodly number in less than a week on the market. So, it’s got you thinking. Now is the time to sell out and move up to that dream neighborhood that you’ve always wanted.  Although it’s still a stretch for you to get there, you can now afford the least expensive homes in that dream neighborhood, and you are really tempted. You’re tempted by that home that sits way up on a hill where your car scrapes every day going up the driveway. The thought of paying flood insurance for a home in the flood plain doesn’t seem so bad now if you get into that neighborhood. After all, the likelihood of the creek cresting and flooding your home is pretty low, right? That home that abuts the propane gas line or the Georgia Power lines sure does have a lot of great play space for the kids. Just stop it! If I gotta wrestle the gun out of your hand, I will.

They say the rising tide raises all boats, and the same is true in real estate. Even the least desirable properties seem like a value in an up market, but the real value in an up market is securing a great home that will weather the market undulations. In fact, I’ve oftentimes said that the best time to buy a great piece of property is always, no matter the market. We can’t lose track of what good real estate looks like:

  • Safe environments
  • Superior schools
  • Walkability
  • Usable yards
  • Desirable floorpans that make sense
  • Well kept amenities

We want to avoid concerns that we can’t change.  For instance, let’s not do extreme topography in the lot, flood plains, power lines, houses in a hole or up a cliff, super busy roads, etc. The Peters Company is a consulting real estate team. That means we are always looking out for you and your best interests. We want you to make sound decisions that yield you great returns regardless of the market. Let’s get started today! www.ThePetersCompany.com

Written by Andy Peters

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Just Listed :: Charming Ranch in Wakefield Forest

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

2648 Warwick Circle NE Flyer front2648 Warwick Circle NE Flyer back

Welcome Home! Here you will find the location and value that you’ve been looking for. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-85, I-285, and Buford Highway makes this home convenient to and from any direction. Being in this popular area inside of the perimeter also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots!

Features:

  • Totally renovated and open kitchen features stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, subway tile backsplash, and modern farmhouse finishes.
  • The main living space is a nice combination of living and dining area that are perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Spacious family room/den has a cozy fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and gorgeous wood detail.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors are carried throughout.
  • Master bedroom boasts a large closet and private half bathroom.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.
  • Spacious laundry room provides additional storage.
  • Large deck is ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. It leads out to a fully fenced backyard with fire pit and storage shed.
  • One car carport.
  • Wonderful location convenient to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
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Just Listed :: Beautiful Traditional in Vinings Place!

Friday, July 8th, 2016

5625 Vinings Place Trail Flyer front5625 Vinings Place Trail Flyer back

Welcome Home! Located in one of Mableton’s most popular swim/tennis neighborhoods, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-285 and I-75 makes this home convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination. You will certainly enjoy being only a short drive from several area parks, the 61-mile long Silver Comet Trail, and the new SunTrust Field (future home of the Atlanta Braves)!

Features:

  • Kitchen features tons of cabinet space, granite counters, recessed lighting, spacious pantry, breakfast bar, and breakfast area with bay window.
  • Amazing keeping room off kitchen has an exposed beam ceiling and fireplace with stacked stone surround.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Spacious family room has a cozy fireplace and vaulted ceiling.
  • Master on main is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, oversized walk-in closet, and dual sided fireplace.
  • Spa-like master bathroom has a double vanity, large tub, and separate  shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright including a second master bedroom upstairs.
  • Large bonus room/4th bedroom could also be used as a playroom, media room, or home office.
  • Great outdoor space includes a patio overlooking the flat, fenced backyard.
  • Wonderful neighborhood amenities including a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground.
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Beat the Atlanta Heat

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

SunCongratulations! If you are reading this, then you have successfully NOT melted from the blazing Atlanta temperatures that have come about the past few weeks. Summer is here and it is a hot one. Let us help you find some fun activities around town, so that you can avoid pooling into a puddle like a stick of butter left in the microwave for too long.

  1. Centennial Olympic Park’s Fountain of Rings:    One of Atlanta’s most iconic fountains. The fountain runs 4 times a day at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:00 365 days a year. Music plays while the fountains shoot water from the ground and kids splash around with their friends. You can even go on their website and see what playlist they’ll be jamming to at each time. Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen. http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/things-to-do/fountain-of-rings
  2. College Football Hall of Fame:    If you haven’t been, can you really say you live in the south? Upon entering you are given an interactive badge. You are directed to a kiosk where you enter your information and pick your favorite college football team. While touring the facility, different exhibits will recognize your badge and which team you cheer for. You can head to the field and kick field goals, sit in a booth and announce some of college football’s greatest plays, get in front of the camera and do your best Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, and the list goes on. If you aren’t a big football fan, no worries. There is a Chick-Fil-A attached to the building…and who doesn’t love CFA?
  3. Porsche Experience Center:    Ever wanted to feed your inner Ricky Bobby? Head south towards the airport to Porsche’s new facility where you can drive laps (very fast) around their 1.6 mile course, ride wildly with a professional driver, take an off-road trip in the Porsche Cayenne and anything else that will fuel your need for speed. Make a day of it and enjoy lunch at their on-site restaurant. https://www.porschedriving.com/experiences/driving-experiences

These are just a few of the MANY exciting things our great city has to offer. Whether you want to be inside or outside on the warm, sunny days, Atlanta has it all!

Written by Shiloh Sadoti, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

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Summer Family Fun :: Best Atlanta Area Memberships

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016


Heather and ReidSchool is out for the summer and now many parents are trying to figure out how to keep their kids entertained for the next couple of months. Sure, there are the obvious options such as the neighborhood pool, going to the movie theater, bowling, etc., but how something a little more exciting that you could do as often as you like for one price? You should definitely check out some of the wonderful memberships available at many nearby Atlanta attractions. As a mom of two young children, here are a few of my favorites:

Zoo Atlanta– This is my absolute favorite membership. Maybe it’s because of all of the cute animals or maybe it brings up fond childhood memories, but either way I just love going with my family on an outing to the zoo. I also think that this is probably the best bang for your buck. It basically pays for itself in only one visit! Aside from looking at all of the awesome wildlife, the zoo also has a splash pad, train ride, carousel, and playground! Plenty of fun options for everyone! A zoo membership also gets you discounts on food and merchandise. More info here.

The Georgia Aquarium– Don’t want to be out in the Georgia heat? Then this is the one for you! Atlanta is home to the world’s largest aquarium- pretty cool! Not only do you get to see tons of awesome sea creatures, but this membership can also get you into some exciting behind the scenes activities. It may be a little pricier than other memberships and the parking certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s totally worth it! More info here.

Stone Mountain Park– For people who enjoy the outdoors (like my husband), this is the membership for you. An annual parking pass is only about $40 and grants you access to hike numerous trails, climb the mountain, or play on the main lawn. Plenty of activities to wear out the kiddos 🙂 You can also purchase a “Mountain Membership” which allows you to ride on the Scenic Railroad, take the cable cars up to the top of Stone Mountain, see a show at the 4-D theater, and so much more! Of course the laser show is always a big hit too! More info here.

These are just a few of the memberships available around Metro Atlanta. Other favorites include The Botanical Gardens, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and The Children’s Museum. As we always say, The Peters Company loves to live, work, and PLAY in Atlanta. Let us help you find some fun things to do this summer!

Written by Heather Thomas

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Weekend Adventures :: Escape the City

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Portrait of couple of hikers in the countryside at summer

Ready to escape the city for a quick get-away? If you live ITP (Inside the perimeter) you are so close to some of Georgia’s greatest hidden treasures. Why travel far when you can hop on 85 North and be at a bed and breakfast on lake lanier, wine tasting or hiking in the great Georgia Mountains? Only an hour away.

Adventure Seekers::

If you are itching to get out into nature and not sure where to go, here are some great options.

 

Rent a boat on Lake Lanier::

Did you know you can rent your own boat, jet ski etc? Click here for a great company I recommend. You can check out different restaurants along the lake and even stop by the Lake Lanier Water Park for the kids. My all time favorite restaurant is Fish Tails. They have a great patio overlooking the marina and live bands.

Go hiking, fishing, biking or camping::

There are so many options to explore here. I will name two of my favorite. Fort Yargo State Park is located in my hometown, Winder, Georgia. The park offers a 260 acre lake, over 20 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, disc golf, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds. This is a great day trip or overnight camping trip. If you want to go even further north, check out Tallulah Gorge State Park. The gorge has six cascading falls that you can hike to.

Indoor Gold and Gem Mining::

On a rainy day, you can go gold panning, gemstone mining and take a tour of a mine. Great activity for the kids. They will have a great time finding treasures and learning. Check out Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, GA.

Relaxing Weekend::

If you need a vacation and need to unwind, here are some relaxing and rejuvenating places to visit.

Wine Tasting and resort::

At Chateau Elan you can enjoy the spa, a round of golf, wine tasting and an amazing hotel. They offer a variety of dining options. They range from casual to intimate fine dining. My personal favorite is the spa. (Guys, if you are looking for a romantic getaway for your wife, this is the best option!)

Bed and Breakfast::

There are numerous options for Bed and Breakfast. A great website to use is BedandBreakfast.com. If you want to combine bed and breakfast near a winery, check out Wolf Mountain Vineyards and find a place in Dahlonega. Lake Lanier Islands also offers a variety of accommodations. They have a lodge, private villas, lake houses, and campgrounds. When looking for fun and unique places to stay, I personally use Airbnb.com.

Eat at the Dillard House::

If you are looking for comfort food, you have to check out the Dillard House. If you are looking for a family style lunch/dinner with generous portions of southern food, this is a must. This is an easy day trip. It is located very close to other wineries. They also offer accommodations.

As you can see, Georgia has several options so close to home. Please let me know if you ever have any questions at all or would like more recommendations for getaways in Northeast Georgia. Residing in the Northeast part of Atlanta, I can point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 404-419-3619!

Written by Amy Wade, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

 

 

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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

BirdieWe recently welcomed a new addition to the Peters family, a 20 lb bird dog/beagle mix we rescued from our favorite animal rescue organization, Angels Among Us. We call her Byrdie because she reminds us of a bird dog and has shown tendencies to point at birds, mice, snakes, you name it. Although I really didn’t want a second puppy dog, Birdie has quickly become a formidable member of the fam.

Lesley and I work quite a bit so we end up going out to dinner a fair amount. Byrdie, like most puppies, suffers from a little separation anxiety. She hates it when we leave. Luckily in Atlanta, we have a host of great restaurants that we can take our four legged friends to.  Here are a few of our favorite outdoor dog friendly restaurant options in the metro Atlanta area:

 

Floataway Cafe -1123 Zonolite Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 892-1414

The Floataway Cafe is one of the most expensive meals I’ve ever had in Atlanta. For a gourmet meal on the patio with your dog, you will be hard pressed to find finer dining than at Floataway. By the way, this is the sister restaurant to Bachanalia, which is widely considered the finest restaurant in the city.

4th and Swift – 621 N Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30308, (678) 904-0160

This is a great Old 4th Ward “new American” foodie spot. Your dog will love the great heated patio and the amazing craft cocktails even better! Much like Floataway, you’re going to dine well here.

Neighbor’s Pub – 752-C N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 872-5440

In my single days, this was the place to be in Virginia Highlands. Neighbor’s always has great, cold beer on tap with casual pub fare. Your dog belongs here with you, and they have one of the best patios in all of Atlanta.

Kaleidoscope – 1410 Dresden Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA, US 30319, (404) 474-9600

I can’t tell you about my favorites without mentioning K-Pub. This is our family’s go-to spot for a great, casual dinner in our own Brookhaven neighborhood.  We walk here, and they have a killer patio. Your pup will have lots of friends here.

If you are dog folks like us, you can rest easy in Atlanta and have fun with your pet as well as enjoy some of the best food around! The Peters Company wants to help you and your furry friend find a home so give us a call today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Andy Peters

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